guard hair


: one of the usually long coarse hairs forming a protective coating over the undercoat of a mammal

Examples of guard hair in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some of the judging criteria for the fleece includes fineness and handle, uniformity of micron and color, character, crimp and staple type, density and brightness, absence of guard hair, impurities/stains/fleece damage, lock structure and density luster. Tammy Ljungblad, Kansas City Star, 23 Mar. 2024 Dogs have two types of hair: guard hairs and undercoat. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 29 July 2023 It can be worn overnight to guard hair against friction and damage or be used as a cute hair accessory during the day. Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 20 Jan. 2023 Llamas have two coats: thick guard hair that’s used for ropes and soft down that’s good for spinning into yarn. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Feb. 2021 In the hybrids, however, Tibetan antelope guard hairs may also be hard to find. National Geographic, 24 Apr. 2019 Usually officials look for guard hairs, the long, crinkly hairs that keep Tibetan antelope dry in the wild. National Geographic, 24 Apr. 2019 No guard hairs were apparent to the naked eye, perhaps because of the preponderance of pashmina in the weave. National Geographic, 24 Apr. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of guard hair was in 1913

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“Guard hair.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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